Information Systems

Informatics offers an undergraduate degree in business informatics and an M.B.A. Informatics.

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Business Informatics is an emerging interdisciplinary field of study that focuses on the application of computer science to business. Exploring innovative ways in which computer technology can be used to enhance a business can be exciting and groundbreaking.

Information Systems prepares students for a wide variety of careers, including systems analysis, application software development, web development, and database design.

Our curriculum is made up of courses designed to provide students with the strong technical background needed to develop solutions to today's information challenges. There is a wide variety of opportunities for trained and skilled professionals in every sector of society who can turn information into actionable knowledge.

Information Systems is a rewarding and challenging field that allows for lifelong learning. Job opportunities are plentiful, and salaries are relatively high. The demand for information systems graduates is increasing faster than the general demand for most other fields of study. Job seekers with an information systems degree and strong communication and administrative skills are in increasing demand.

The ISU College of Business was the first college of business in Idaho to receive accreditation from AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) in 1978. AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide, and means that ISU is able to continuously pass a strict set of standards that ensure quality.

Dr. Parker

I am Professor of Information Systems and former Chair of Informatics and Computer Science at Idaho State University. I have been a faculty member in the College of Business since 1999, and I've taught Information Systems courses as well as Computer Science courses. Prior to joining academia, I developed software systems for Conoco, Inc., among the top Fortune 500 companies.

I was selected the 2011 Faculty Member of the Year by the Associated Students of Idaho State University, and was recognized as an Outstanding Master Teacher by ISU in both 2011 and 2012. I also received the ISU College of Business 2002-2003 Outstanding Teacher Award.

I received the ISU College of Business 2005-2006 Outstanding Research Award, and in 2007 was awarded a Curtin University Research Fellowship in Perth, Australia.

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Teaching

The hallmark of my teaching is thorough course preparation and genuine dedication to my students. I have taught a wide range of courses throughout my many years of teaching. While I am comfortable teaching most topics, I particularly enjoy development-related courses, including any programming courses, web development, systems analysis and design, and database design and implementation.

Research

My research involves an ongoing exploration of the skills and knowledge that information technology graduates need and how they can be best prepared to obtain them. That research falls into three major streams:

  • Improved Teaching of Core IT Courses
  • Impact of Developments in Information Systems on Curriculum
  • Emerging Systems Development Issues

A discussion of my research is available in my Research Overview.

Recommendations

Because a good letter of recommendation is very time consuming, I can provide recommendation letters for only a select number of students.

A letter of recommendation is not a right, but rather something that a student may earn through academic performance and demonstration of excellent work ethic and good character. Simply requesting a letter of recommendation does not mean that the student will receive one.

Here are some questions you should ask yourself before you request a letter:

  • Did you make an effort to ensure that you would be positively memorable?
  • Have you ever interacted with me beyond the classroom?
  • Have you taken more than one course with me?
  • Did you receive a grade of 'B' or higher in all courses that you took from me?
  • Were you active in the ACM student organization?

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